La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

No Twin in line for an All-Star start

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: May 27, 2014 - 12:21 PM

The early returns for fan voting on American League All-Stars doesn’t look promising for having a Twins starter. The first AL results were announced Tuesday, and no Twins player is among the top three at his position.

The highest-ranking Twin at any position is Brian Dozier, who stands fourth among second basemen. The only other Twin in the top five at a position is catcher Kurt Suzuki, who is fifth.

The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on July 15.

The leading vote-getter is Angels outfielder Mike Trout with 764,007 votes.

The first National League returns will be announced Wednesday. The next update on fan voting for both leagues will be on June 8.


1. Matt Wieters, Orioles: 540,258
2. Brian McCann, Yankees: 373,169
3. Derek Norris, A's: 215,110
4. A.J. Pierzynski, Red Sox: 188,288
5. Kurt Suzuki, Twins: 187,766

1. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: 440,407
2. Albert Pujols, Angels: 371,193
3. Jose Abreu, White Sox: 367,617
4. Chris Davis, Orioles: 238,730
5. Mark Teixeira, Yankees: 201,123

1. Ian Kinsler, Tigers: 356,244
2. Robinson Cano, Mariners: 350,293
3. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox: 343,321
4. Brian Dozier, Twins: 194,941
5. Howie Kendrick, Angels: 165,003

1. Josh Donaldson, A's: 464,367
2. Evan Longoria, Rays: 407,724
3. Adrian Beltre, Rangers: 281,460
4. Manny Machado, Orioles: 263,029
5. Nick Castellanos, Tigers: 157,768

1. Derek Jeter, Yankees: 602,525
2. Alexei Ramirez, White Sox: 472,537
3. J.J. Hardy, Orioles: 265,923
4. Elvis Andrus, Rangers: 166,907
5. Jed Lowrie, A's: 142,622

1. David Ortiz, Red Sox: 501,808
2. Nelson Cruz, Orioles: 484,186
3. Victor Martinez, Tigers: 340,827
4. Alfonso Soriano, Yankees: 221,378
5. Brandon Moss, A's: 144,319

1. Mike Trout, Angels: 764,007
2. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays: 675,290
3. Jacoby Ellsbury, Yankees: 417,452
4. Carlos Beltran, Yankees: 401,101
5. Melky Cabrera, Blue Jays: 364,506
6. Torii Hunter, Tigers: 322,736
7. Adam Jones, Orioles: 285,913
8. Shin-Soo Choo, Rangers: 271,521
9. Yoenis Cespedes, A's: 249,674
10. Nick Markakis, Orioles: 248,886
11. Brett Gardner, Yankees: 197,577
12. Josh Hamilton, Angels: 188,918
13. Rajai Davis, Tigers: 186,913
14. Austin Jackson, Tigers: 175,165
15. Alex Rios, Rangers: 167,261


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